Once a beautiful settlement named for the fabled Fountain of Youth, Founsteeth has become the stronghold of the Three Captains and their pirate crews.
Rose Bainbridge and Janett Laxton arrive in Founsteeth as black stormclouds loom, and as pirates and colonial military officers meet to swap a noble prisoner for a hefty ransom. Rose, a convicted witch and former Gunwitch in the King’s Army, feels almost at home. Young Janett, though, turns heads and more than one of the Three Captains seems to be calculating her possible ransom.
When enemies worse than any pirate strike with the onset of the storm and capture Janett, Rose must head back into the Amerigon wilderness…
In 1718, in an England that might have been, the law found Rosalind Bainbridge guilty of witchcraft. In lieu of execution, she became Private Bainbridge of the 101st Pistoleers.
A Gunwitch of the King’s Coven.
Twenty-four years later, dishonorably discharged and working as a scout on the Amerigon frontier, Rose’s past comes looking for her. A summons and a request from the officer who saved her from the hangman’s noose. A reunion with another veteran of the 101st, someone she never wanted to see again. And a meeting with the Misses Janett and Margaret Laxton, the daughters of the man who pressed her into service as a gunwitch.
Reluctantly, Rose agrees to take Janett and Margaret to their father at Fort Russell. No one knows the swamps around New Venezia better than Rose and her bloodsister, the enigmatic Chal. The trip should take only a few days.
But there’s more waiting in the swamps than mud and mosquitoes. War and betrayal threaten Rose and the girls, while an ancient, unspeakable evil pursues them all the way to the walls of Fort Russell.